Spain's star football player retires from international duty due to conflict with Luis Rubiales.

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August 25th 2023.

Spain's star football player retires from international duty due to conflict with Luis Rubiales.
Luis Rubiales has triggered a wave of controversy following his actions during Spain's World Cup victory. Despite being just metres away from Spain's Queen Letizia and her teenage daughter in the VIP area, Rubiales grabbed his crotch in celebration and then proceeded to kiss Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso on the lips at the medal and trophy presentation.

Rubiales has since apologised for his behaviour, claiming the kiss with Hermoso was 'spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual'. He has also refused to resign despite calls for action from the Spanish government and world players' union FIFPRO.

The controversy has now reached a peak with Real Betis star Borja Iglesias, who has been capped twice in the last 12 months, refusing to play for La Roja until the matter is resolved. His statement on Twitter read: 'I am sad and disappointed. As a footballer and as a person I don't feel represented by what happened today in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas. I find it unfortunate that they continue to press and focus on a colleague.'

Barcelona star Alex Alexia Putellas also weighed in with a damning response on Twitter, saying: 'This is unacceptable. It's over. With you my team-mate @Jennihermoso.'

When questioned about the incident, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said at a press conference on Friday: 'Hopefully it doesn't overshadow Spain's World Cup success because I'm extremely proud of what they have done... It is sad that this is happening while everyone should be celebrating and be extremely proud of what they've done.'

Paris St Germain coach Luis Enrique also commended Rubiales' work as FA president, but refused to offer his opinion on the incident.

It remains to be seen how long Rubiales will stay in his current position, but it's clear that his actions have damaged the reputation of the Spanish FA.

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